PA Unemployment FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked questions about Pennsylvania unemployment compensation. Check out PA unemployment claims guide to understand the filing process and eligibility criteria.

Are the Benefits Taxable in Pennsylvania?

Unemployment Insurance benefits are subject to federal and state income taxes.

For unemployed workers who received unemployment insurance benefits, the IRS will tax all benefits after the first $2400. If taxes were not automatically withdrawn from your unemployment benefits check you could end up being liable for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in taxes.

If you are searching for a job, gather all of your job search related receipts. You may be able to deduct expenses for items such as parking fees, resume services and even long distance phone calls and travel expenses related to searching for work.

Working Part-time and Collecting Unemployment in PA

You can work part-time and get unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania. In most cases, you are allowed to earn up to half of your weekly unemployment check while getting unemployment compensation. So, you are getting a $500 a week unemployment check, you can get up to $250 a week at a part time job without losing your benefits. Please contact PA Unemployment Office to get more details

Extended Unemployment Benefits

You can receive benefits extension, but there are some restrictions. You should contact the employment agency to determine the eligibility.

Severance Pay and Unemployment Benefits

You must report all payments received when filing your claim. Service Center will determine your weekly benefits. When a claimant receives or will receive a payment for any period after his last day of work, the UC Service Center must determine the nature of the payment. A payment that is considered to be severance, separation or salary continuation is not deductible from UC benefits, because these payments are not remuneration for services performed while UC benefits are being claimed.

Getting training while receiving PA unemployment compensation

The unemployment office will not pay for job training while claiming unemployment compensation benefits. Unemployment compensation does not pay training costs or tuition. Training opportunities may be available through Pennsylvania’s CareerLink system. You may visit their Web site at

Attending college while receiving PA unemployment compensation

The PA State Labour Law does not disqualify you from receiving benefits just because you are a full or part-time student. You will be eligible for any claim week that you are in training approved by the Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry and are otherwise eligible.

12 thoughts on “PA Unemployment FAQs”

  1. How can I get my w2 form? I lost mine. Also I’m not sure if I still have a pin number if I need it to pull it up online.
    thank you

  2. I am wandering when my next payments will be on my epic card? the 1st was put on around the 19th. Hoping it will come by the end of the week.

  3. today jan.26,2012 my boss fired me with no good explanation or reason he mention drugs that he see me with drugs on the site job we’re we working at thats a lie thats shows me that he is searching on my stuff when im not next to my stuff why he fired me today when he can fired me the day he suposly saw the suposly drug and fired me the day i ask off i will like to obbtain any information about this situation what can i do i willlike to try a face to face with my boss but how can i do it thankyou for reding my words

  4. I worked part time and was let go last Oct. Sign up for unemployment today and I am only receiving 1 week because they said my account was down to zero. Do we get any extension. They said in the notes that if I worked in any other state that would make the difference. Will I get an email about the extension or it that all I receive?

  5. I am a school bus driver during the summer there is very little work. can i collect UC benefits while working part time and collecting social security ?

  6. Does Labor and Industry/Unemployment ever contact an individual and ask questions over the phone about his/her application?

    1. The Unemployment Office contacts multiple authorities to verify and validate the claimant’s information which includes the Labor Department.

  7. If I am attending a school that is longer than my Uc benifits and they run out…or are about to run out what should/can…I do

    1. You will not be allowed to attend full time school and draw UI benefits.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state by calling them.

  8. What training programs are approved by the Penna. Dept of Labor and Industry so unemployment benefits can be received during the training?

    1. Joan,

      I do not have a list of details pertaining to your question. Please call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided to find out more.

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